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Richmond Hill house fire murder suspects arrested

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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 4:57 pm | Updated: 5:03 pm, Thu Feb 28, 2013.

Police have arrested two men in connection with the murder of a man found dead in a Richmond Hill apartment this past weekend. 

Jason St. Hill, 17, and Stephen Peters, 22, both of Richmond Hill as well, have been taken into custody and will face a laundry list of charges including murder, kidnapping and arson for the death of 43-year-old Guyanese immigrant Azeem Ali. Ali was found dead in a rear bedroom of his apartment at 95-06 116 St. after a two-alarm fire gutten the residence in the early morning hours of Feb. 24. He was discovered bound and shot in the head with severe burns all over his body. Police say the fire was started intentionally. 

St. Hill and Peters, who both live at 116-11 95 Ave., around the block from where the victim was found, were both charged with kidnapping, arson in the first degree, murder in the second degree, burglary in the first degree, robbery in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. 

St. Hill has also been charged with criminal possession of stolen property, while Peters was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree.

A spokesperson for Queens DA Richard Brown said the two had not yet been indicted as of Wednesday evening.

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